Here’s a new Kickstarter project that might tickle your fancy – London-based VU Equipment has designed a simple and modern yet functional camera slingstrap that’s supposedly easier and more convenient to use than the other existing slingstraps in the market. They are calling it the Slidestrap.
The main claim of the Slidestrap is that it supposedly allows you to easily bring your camera up to eye level without the constant adjustment of the strap but also lets you carry around your precious equipment close to your body so that it doesn’t bounce around. You simply mount your camera to the strap’s anodized aircraft-grade aluminum mounting plate with a rubber padding that keeps your camera from constantly slipping and it’s good to go. It has no buckle adjustments that to deal with between carrying the camera and taking photos and it keeps it steady, with lens pointing towards the ground, to avoid accidental knocks on your camera when you’re walking around.
Made in Britain, VU Equipment promises an affordable product made from high quality materials and with a stylish and functional design. Currently, the Slingstrap comes in either cream or black on brown leather devoid of any massive corporate logo prints, just a small subtle VU logo on one end.
The company just launched the Kickstarter campaign to help them with the production of these straps. If you’re interested in the product or would like to help them reach their goal, then stop by their campaign page for more details. In the meantime, learn more about the Slingstrap by watching the video after the jump.
Meet the revival of the camera obscura, which we hope as photographers you already know is the great-grandfather of cameras. It’s a beautiful maple (or walnut) hardwood-built 6-inch-cubed 33-oz goodness that features a spherical 38mm glass lens and a 5-square-inch ground viewing glass.
Now meet its revivalist, Les Cookson of Lincoln, CA. He’s been building camera obscuras, camera lucidas, and zoetropes for different individuals and institutions for several years now. Last year, he has successfully raised the funds for his zoetrope-revival project. Today, he is asking for our help once again.
He and Ken Higginson just started a Kickstarter project together to help fund the resurrection of the camera obscura for use in the general public – in art, in photography, in cinematography, or if you prefer, in home décor. And they’re offering more than Thank You postcards, bracelets from some obscure Tibetan town, or a measly discount for the products in exchange for your support. For pledges starting at $59, you guys will get either your very own camera obscura or its DIY kit (basically made from the same materials, just unassembled) version, plus a few extras depending on how much you’re pledging.
They’ve just made their pledge goal but you’ve still got 6 days left if you’re interested owning one of these wooden babies. Cookson promises quality materials and professional woodworking on every single one of the units they produce and he comes with the National Gallery of Art’s seal of approval (he built 30 camera obscuras for them for their Johannes Vermeer workshop) so we think this project is promising. Why don’t you go check out the details for yourself on their Kickstarter page?
Light painting has become somewhat of a trend in recent years, and the tools used are as diverse as the subjects in the images. From abstract paintings that contain little more than streaks of light, to renderings of actual objects such as cars, to the enhancement of portraits with an LED torch – anything is possible.
That’s what the guys from Wave Gap Labs thought when they set out to create a simple, easy-to-use and affordable light painting accessory. Travis Stevens and Jamie MacDonald, who have been doing light painting for a couple of years, were unhappy with the solutions available on the market, so they decided to come up with their own product. The result is the Litebrush, which is now up on Kickstarter for crowdfunding.
There are lots of accessories out there that promise that they’ll take your pop-up flash’s light and make it look more professional. The newest (and perhaps the most complicated) addition to the bunch is called the Flekt. The accessory seems to work in almost the same way that a beauty dish does. To lay that out a bit more: your pop-up flash is a direct lighting source. The direct light is placed inside a small dish that reflects the light output back onto a panel. This way the light is being reflected and then bounced forward onto your subject.
Given the design, we also expect it to act like a beauty dish–which means that there is a range at which this would best be used.
The Kickstarter launches today: January 24th. And the video is after the jump.
Moment is a new Kickstarter campaign that aims to improve the mobile photography space. Currently, Moment comprises two lenses: Moment Wide and Moment Tele. As their names suggest, wide is for wide angle and tele is for telephoto. In order to mount the lenses on your iPhone, you attach a metal plate that sits around the camera and twist the lens into place. Galaxy and iPad mounts are still in the prototype stage, but the folks behind the campaign plan to have the mounts ready when they start fulfilling orders.
On the spec sheet for iPhone 5S, the Wide has an 18mm focal length, and the Tele has a 58mm focal length. For the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Wide has a 19mm focal length, and the Tele has a 62mm focal length. These measurements are 35mm equivalents. When all’s ready to go, Moment lenses will be available for: iPhone 4S, 5, 5S and 5C; iPad 2, 3rd gen and 4th gen; Samsung Galaxy S2, S3 and S4.
The campaign just launched, and it’s already amassed over $43,000. If the trend continues, it’ll blow way past its goal. Moment isn’t the first of its kind for mobile devices, but it looks to be among the best in a long while. With Moment, iPhone, iPad and Galaxy S owners will have a stronger reason to reach for their devices in order to make a photograph.
Pinhole cameras are one of the cheapest and simplest ways of getting started with shooting film. While they can be as simple as a makeshift Altoids tin, some photographers want something that can take a whole roll of film and/or even be a real camera. Original Pin is a new custom, durable, flat-pack pinhole camera that’s currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. It’s a beautiful wooden camera package that simplifies photography into a single ray of light to capture that perfect exposure.
While the camera looks nice in the picture, some assembly is required. The Original Pin arrives to customers in a flat-pack kit of laser cut parts including: the set of camera body parts, faceplate, shutter, lens housing, and lens kit. It’s a build just like making a model airplane except you take pictures with it. So expect to do some glue work and a little bit of sanding.
Building the camera also allows users to customize the look of their camera as well as understand the internal mechanics. The Original Pin takes standard 35mm that attaches to a film advance, while pulling the wooden slide on the front reveals the pinhole.
As of this writing, the Original Pin is just shy of reaching half of its $10,000 goal. If you’re interested in picking up one for yourself, a pledge of $55 will net you a complete, fully functional Original Pin camera kit. Check past the break for more images of the camera and photos taken with the Original Pin.